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responsibility in the aftermath of the fall of the taliban. i think that was a major mistake. the second was to allow the coalition we had successfully built for the war and for the peace conference to disintegrate. iran had been very helpful. week rebuffed offers of further help. pakistan had at least then not actively and helpful. but we failed to keep them up to that standard in the succeeding years. the third error which i failed to perceive was a failure to pursue reconciliation much earlier than we finally did. there were a certain proportion of the taliban leadership that were prepared to be cooperative, that would have collaborated. instead, we sent them to guantanamo, and sent a negative signal to those who might consider who being coopted into the new system. it took us almost a decade to reverse that policy. nevertheless, despite these problems, and despite the fact that now, more than 10 years on, we are still engaged in a counterinsurgency campaign in afghanistan, i think we have come a longer way than many of us realize. some of this is reflected in a recent poll the asia s
now but i would say when i arrived in 2002 in afghanistan, pretty early after the fall of the taliban, the country was devastated physically and traumatized sipsychologically. it was literally a basket case. didn't know which way was up. normal was everything before 1978. people couldn't remember normal. they've made a loving progret o. there are girls in school. it's imperfect but now they're scared because there's a lot to lose now. they had this kchaotic 34 year and they don't want to lose it. it isn't numbers of people but it's a relationship that gives them the confidence that we'll are enough of a partner that if they need our help -- not thousands of troops and no billions of dollars -- >> but some sort of relationship. >> some relationship. >> how do you have that when you have afghan forces killing nato forces and personnel? >> there's a lot of mistrust. >> now we stop going on patrols with these guys. >> for a period they did but in reality, again, if you use the anecdote to prove the whole, sometimes it's not true. the wider story is more complex. you've been there. there's
arrived in 2002 in afghanistan, pretty early after the fall of the taliban, the country was devastated physically. and traumatized psychologically, it was literally a basket case, didn't know what was up. and normal was before 1978, that was 24 years at the time. people couldn't remember normal. they made a lot of progress. there are girls in school. there is progress, greater places. there is progress, it is imperfect. now they're scared. they're scared of 2014 because there is a all riglot to lose n they had chaos for 34 years, and the afghan people don't want to lose it. i think what the afghan people want from the u.s. and the west is strategic partnership, not numbers but a relationship that gives them a confidence that we are enough of a partner that if they need our help, not thousands of troops, maybe not even billions of dollars. >> but some sort of presence. >> some sort of presence and some sort of relationship. >> but how do you have that relationship when you have afghan soldiers and police killing u.s. nato forces and utilize personnel, there is a huge amount of distrust,
1500 missiles. they continue to identify and target taliban positions more than a decade after the start of the military campaign. the rule of aircraft in the conflict seems to be growing. last year drones fired more than 500 missiles. 200 more than in 2011. commanders are hoping to transfer power to their afghan counter parts. karzai is visiting washington. he plans to ask the obama administration to provide advanced high-tech weapons. >>> the japanese prime minister is moving from meeting to meeting to do what which he for the economy. he's putting pressure on the bank of japan to do more. >> it's clear he wants prices to rise. they will conduct monetary easing to reflect the prime minister request for a 2% inflation target. this comes as prime minister abe called for more cooperation for his administration and the bank of japan. >> translator: during the cent allower house election campaign i call eed for the central banko set a 2% inflation target and take bold, monetary easing steps. i want the bank to take this into consideration when it forms monetary policy. >> translat
the fall of the taliban the country was devastated physically and traumatized psychologically. it was a basket case. and normal was everything before 1978. that was 23 years at the time and now it is 34. people couldn't remember normal. they have made a lot of progress. there are girls in school. it is imperfect and now they are scared of 2014 because there is a lot to lose now and they had this chaotic 34 years and the afghan people don't want to lose it. i think instead of just troop numbers what the afghan people want is a partnership which is a relationship that gives them the confidence that we are enough of a partner that if they need our help, not thousands of troops not even billions of dollars but some sort of presence and relationship. >> how do you have that relationship when you have afghan soldiers and police killing nato forces and u.s. personal? i mean there is a huge amount of distress probably more than there has ever been. >> we have to work through that. >> our whole program is building up afghan security forces and yet now we stop going on patrol with these
be an option that would probably lead to an afghan government under pressure from taliban, perhaps, al qaeda. you know the world in a vacuum i think that would start to leave a vacuum by the government to be filled by taliban for sure and result in afghanistan that is found before the turn of the century. >> you would recommend against it? >> if i were still in office yes, i would. i think there's potential in afghanistan to make the place a lot more secure with the afghan forces but it will take more time than we have currently. >> why do you think the white house may see it differently? >> i think part of it is there's always a tension between getting afghans to take responsibility for their own actions, and making sure they're doing all they can and not overly relying on u.s. and allied forces. i think part of what we're seeing is playing out probably in the media here is to put some pressure on the karzai government to be realistic about their expectations and make sure afghans are doing all they can to ensure their own security. >> what might come out of the karzai
in the fight against the taliban let's return to the killings -- against the taliban. let's return to the killings in paris, a leading member of the pkk found in central paris. police believe it was an execution-style killing. let's speak to our reporter from the bbc persian service who has been covering this for more than a decade. the motive for this, what do you think? >> obviously it is too early actually to predict what was the motive behind this assassination. i think you have to wait for the french authorities to make the investigation. but from the early morning here, if you look at the turkish media and some political parties from both sides of the aisle -- the kurdish political parties and the turkish -- blaming one another. in fact, today, the deputy chairman of the turkish ruling party said it sounds like an internal feud. between different factions within the pkk. the leader of the bpd, peace and democratic party, the french authorities actually did not hesitate or lose any time to find perpetrators. this happen that a very pivotal moment because last week the turkish
valley, that's an area which had been controlled by the taliban just three years ago in the pakistani army came in, launched a sweeping operation to push them out but in recent months we've seen the taliban creeping back in a couple of weeks ago, a couple of months ago, rather we had an attack on the pakistani school girl malala yousafzai who was shot by the taliban and today we had this attack on a religious congregation hundreds had gathered to hear a leader speak in the main town and the death toll in that attack was 22 and was seen as another sign the taliban was not back in swat, certainly starting to reassert their authority there. >> pelley: there was a third attack in pakistan today, this one also in quetta. who was the target? >> earlier today there was a bomb attack on a pakistani paramilitary patrol in the center of quetta. that attack was carried out by a nationalist group that later claimed control -- rather that later claimed responsibility for attack. the ethnic nationalists have been fighting against the pakistani army, against the state for about seven or eight years
priorities backwards. if taliban takes control again in afghanistan, we won't have to worry about protecting drone bases or diplomats because we won't be there at all. and i think this is part of the unreality of the obama administration's approach there. the low troop numbers that they're contemplating, that they will be discussing with president karzai will not be any where near sufficient to accomplish our strategic objective, america's strategic objective which is defeating the taliban. and i think we're --. bill: it is fascinating. i apologize for the interruption how the events in benghazi are now shaping our foreign policy whether this administration wants to admit it or not. >> well that perhaps is the small glimmer of good news that they recognize that benghazi was a real debacle for our security policies for embassies overseas but the larger question here in afghanistan is the administration's unwillingness to do what we need to do to prevent 10 years of sacrifice and loss of life by our forces from simply being wasted if the taliban come back into power. bill: well this administra
're expected to discuss peace talks with the taliban and future troop levels before karzai sits down with president obama on friday. >>> new jersey governor chris christie is not happy with the image of himself on the cover of "time" magazine. saying it made him look like a mob boss. that image aside, polls show christie's handling of super storm sandy has made him more popular with democrats than republicans. >>> next, to a disturbing story out of russia. what was supposed to be an enjoyable adventure took a tragic turn as a giant inflatable zorb ball with two men inside veered off course and rolled off a mountain cliff. one man was killed, and the other is in serious condition. >>> off the coast of australia, a man lost control of his boat, fell out and was swimming nearby while the boat was spinning in circles. a police boat was able to rescue the boater and he is reportedly doing well. >>> and a huge doomsday asteroid made a fly-by of the earth last night at a distance of 9 million miles. it's more than 1,000 feet wide. and could hit the earth in the 2036. i certainly hope not. >
're expected to discuss peace talks with the taliban and future u.s. troops before karzai sits down with the president on friday. >>> a disturbing story out of russia, what was supposed to be an enjoyable adventure took a tragic turn, as a giant inflatable zorb ball with two men inside veered off course, one man was killed and the other is in serious condition. >>> off the coast of australia, a man lost control of his boat, fell out and was swimming around nearby while the boat was spinning in circle. a police craft was finally able to rescue the boater and he is reportedly doing well. >>> and the huge doomsday asteroid made a fly-by of the u.s. last night, it's more than 1,000 feet wide and could actually hit the earth in the year 2036. >>> now for a look at wall street, the dow opened the day at 13,390 after gaining 61 points on wednesday. overseas the nikkei rose 74. >>> earnings optimism returned to the street wednesday. today, we'll see how investors react to the latest data. holiday retail sales and earnings from oil giant chevron. appled closed above 700 while facebook was sp
pass a happy message to the insurgents, taliban and extremism groups in the region. >> reuters says the white house will try to keep between 3,000 and 9,000 troops in afghanistan beyond 2014, compared to the 68,000 there now. the administration insists they must have immunity from local laws. obama is scheduled to meet with karzai on friday. they have many delicate issues to address and finding an agreement that's acceptable to both sides is expected to be difficult. >>> a terrible traffic and soaring land prices are some of the unwelcome features of asia's booming cities. those problems are especially acute in vietnam. construction companies from developed markets are competing to offer solutions. they include a railway company that wants to use lessons learned in japan to help vietnam build cities of the future. akiko has more from hanoi. >> reporter: vietnam is booming. people pour into the cities look for work and fortune. but not everyone is moving forward. the hanoi traffic gets worse every year. and dangerous, too, with more and more accidents. but infrastructure isn't the on
taliban positions more than a decade after the start of the military campaign. the role of aircraft in the conflict seems to be growing. last year drones fired more than 500 missiles, 200 more than in 2011. u.s. commanders are hoping to transfer power to their afghan counterparts but the national forces lack the equipment and training to conduct air raids or reconnaissance. >>> afghan president hamid karzai is visiting washington. he plans to ask the obama administration to provide the afghan military with advanced high-tech weapons. >>> u.s. vice president joe biden says the white house is determined to act quickly and decisively to stop gun violence. biden heads a task force set up by barack obama after last month's mass shooting at a connecticut elementary school. >> as the president said, if our actions result in only saving one life, they are worth taking. but i'm convinced we can affect the well-being of millions of americans and take thousands of people out of harm's way if we act responsibly. >> biden met with victims of gun violence and gun control advocates at the white ho
that would be under pressure from taliban, perhaps al qaeda. you know, the world, of course, is a vacuum. i think that would start to leave a vacuum and a vulnerability to the afghan government that would be filled by taliban for sure and could result in an afghanistan that we found before the turn of this century. >> so you would recommend against it. >> if i were still in office, yes, i would. i think there's potential there in afghanistan to make the place a lot more secure with afghan forces, but it's going to take more time than we have currently. >> why do you think the white house may see it differently? >> i think part of it is there's always tension between getting afghans to take responsibility for their own actions and making sure they're doing all they can and not overly relying on u.s. and allied forces. so i think part of what we're seeing is playing out probably in the media here is to put some pressure on the karzai government to be realistic about their expectations and make sure that the afghans are doing all they can to ensure their own security. >> what might come out of
negotiating power with the taliban. >> the position we take in showing that we are going to continue to complete this mission, the better the chances we have to ultimately achieve political reconciliation. >> the pentagon was only the beginning of the afghan president's visit to washington. >> our meeting, i believe, helped -- will help lay the ground work for president karzai's discussions tomorrow with president obama. >> sources say president karzai and his defense minister brought a wish list to the pentagon, drones, helicopters, and hardware to support their security forces. >> what we talked about yesterday was, you know, let's move beyond a wish list of equipment. >> the u.s. want assurances the terrorists won't set up troops in afghanistan after the troops leave. karzai agreed. >> be able to provide security to these people. >> but a recent pentagon reports that the afghan border patrol relies on the u.s. for even its most basic needs, food and water. it's rife with illiteracy, lack of accountability, and corruption. and these conditions are expected to endure beyond 2014. bu
troop withdrawal will place afghanistan back into the chaos of the 1990s that enabled the taliban to seize power and provide a haven for al-qaeda. >> we are in afghanistan to protect american interests. we are not there to make afghanistan a nicer place. we are there to prevent terrorist attacks against the united states. >> reporter: when reporter asked president car sty how many u.s. troops he wanted to remain in the country, he answered playfully. >> i was told by the organizer of the senate to keep quiet. >> reporter: the u.s. has about 66,000 troops in afghanistan down from a peak about 100,000. in new york, lauren green, fox news. >>> vice president joe biden will meet with the nra today in a step towards reforming the nation's gun control laws. meanwhile, president obama is asking congress for several provisions to the law including banning military-style assault rifles. biden says the administration and congress are considering separate executive actions and hope to have recommendations on gun reform by the end of this month. everybody watching that very closely. >>> we ar
that are the taliban and al qaeda. we have an unreliable ally in president karzai, he is erratic and this will cause him to be even more erratic and our own ally will be looking at us and saying, no, where is the united states going. no, judy, i think this was a highly injudicious statement. >> celeste ward gventer, an injudicious statement and bad idea? >> well i have the greatest respect for bing west and i'm honored to be on the show with him but i respectfully disagree. for us to be talking about troop levels right now putting the cart before the horse in any case. because frankly we should be talking about our vision for the region strategically. in any event we still need consider that having no troops there is a real option, and i think to ignore that option would be strategically foolish. we heard about the supposed apandora's box lips that was coming if u.s. troops left iraq. u.s. troops left iraq and the apocalypse has not arrive. that is an option for us and it would be irresponsible for us not to consider it. >> bing west, what is the argument for keeping a significant contingent of troo
for afghan women as the taliban returns. i find that a very scary report. >> the other people scared are the pakistanis. >> right. >> looking at what's happening says kroog the border, if we are completely pulling out. what does it say about the surge and the american lives that were lost with that escalation? >> if you look at the pentagon's own most recent report on what's been the last six months in afghanistan, you will -- of the most recent -- the most repeat report from the pentagon on previous six months in afghanist afghanistan, you will see that the levels of violence that have returned to -- are now greater than presurge levels. this obviously brings us to the conclusion that the surge has made no difference. now, the military will disagree with that, and i would say the surge has made a difference in parts of afghanistan, in southern afghanistan, and helmand province especially where 20,000 marines were there. they're leaving soon. it did make a difference to some degree in kandahar, so i think the zero option is partly strategic. it was partly to negotiate with karzai to
. if we leave there can the afghan forces deal with call died? will taliban take over the country? will al qaeda come back in as a welcome guest? will they move over from pakistan? will they use afghanistan to destablize pakistan which has nuclear arsenal of over 100 weapons? what price security? how much did 9/11 cost us? we have to remember that. we have to be careful we don't just think about dollars and we think about security. melissa: we still have to think about dollars. that is what we started the show talking about how we're spending so much more than we're taking in. everybody has to give something up. we have got to cut money somewhere. when you look at dollars, we have 10,000 troops in there after 2014 it could cost $15 billion a year. 20,000 troops, that is $25 billion a year. the numbers become significant. a lot of americans wonder what are we getting for that? is it worth it when we're really going broke here in this country? >> well the way i see it, i don't quibble with you about getting our economic house in order coming from a conservative think tank of. i think we're i
back into a civil wary will it fall back to the taliban? and does that mean al qaeda is coming back. president karzai knows that he needs america's help right now. but he's also trying to let america know that he means business when it comes to securing his own land and having complete sovereignty from american rule and military. >> it just shows you how dmrik indicate the whole equation is. atiyyah, good to see you here. one crucial voice on afghanistan will be chuck hagel if confirmed as secretary of defense. president obama nominated him earlier this week now the white house is gearing up for a nomination fight. cleaning me is roger simon from politico. good morning. >> good morning. your new piece is titled "hagel puts country ahead of conquest." where do you see us if indeed chuck hagel is confirm as defense secretary? >> i see us heading out. hagel has wanted our forces out of afghanistan for a while now. we have accomplished our purpose there. we have met our goals. we have dispersed al qaeda, and destroyed much of our leadership. andal we're doing now is propping up a regime
made. we're not going to walk backward from what has been accomplished. we have weakened the taliban. they do remain resilient. we know they are still out there. but we have been able to take the battle to the taliban and prevent them from gaining an -- territory they lost. we are in seeing the afghan military that is improving its ability to be operational. we have now gone through a transition of areas that involve 75% of the population of afghanistan. those transitions are moving in the right direction. and they are providing the primary security with regard to all those areas. in addition to that, we have our and we are moving the fourth tranche and next year we will implement the final one in this transition. progress is being made. progress is being made on the battlefield, with regard to the society in afghanistan, the education and health care of afghans in it -- is improving. is it everything we want? now. is it everything we would hope it would be able to achieve? not yet. but we are moving in the right direction. i think we really have the opportunity to be able to put thi
they have a government that's not taliban and al-qaeda free? how much does it mean to you and those who lost their lives? >> it means a lot to me. the afghan people made a lot of progress. if go back from 1979, really until the present, they've been at war. the country has been torn apart. in the last few years, they have made progress, more rights for women, more kids in schools, economic progress and a lot of different things. they don't want to lose that. to me, it's very important for our moral responsibility to the afghan people, but also for our geostrategic interest in the region. i don't necessarily think that means thousands of american troops there. i do think that it means a strategic partnership to secure in the minds of afghan people that they've got a friend. >> steve: we want to talk to you on the other side of a quick timeout about saddam hussein because there is some stuff that you can clarify for us. so the general is sticking around. more on his great new book "my share of the task" coming up. >> brian: let's check in with bill hemmer to find out what's coming up at the to
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